It’s Christmas in Leiper’s Fork y’all and I’m giving you a peek behind the scenes for the “Almost World Famous Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade!”
Have you been? I’m fairly certain there is nothing else like it on Planet Earth! I know that’s a pretty big statement, but I’m going with it. You’ve just got to mark your calendar for Saturday December 12 at 2pm. Actually you should plan to come early for the best viewing.
I had coffee a couple of weeks ago with my sweet friend Laura Musgrave – the founder of the parade and local Leiper’s Fork resident.
Laura moved to the Fork from Florida and decided after 2 years of living there that they needed to have a parade. She loves parties and parades so why not have one in Leiper’s Fork she thought? Big things stem from simple ideas.
It started out small and she wondered who would watch it because EVERYONE who lived in the Fork was going to be in it! But they gathered friends and anyone they could grab and about 1,000 people showed up the first year!
And then it snowballed. Last year well over 4,000 people from all over Middle Tennessee lined the streets to watch this delightful parade that benefits the Williamson County Animal Center and a local rescue.
Maybe you can’t adopt a dog this year, but you can support them. There are places to lend your support in the parking fields and under the arbor next door to Puckett’s. You can also meet and greet the dogs after they walk in the parade.
This is the 11th year and it just keeps getting better and better. Naomi Judd is this year’s Grand Marshall.
You never know who you’ll run into in Leiper’s Fork or what might happen during the parade – they’ve had loose pigs running across the highway…goats on the 4-H truck eating the live Christmas tree…men on lawn mowers wearing Angel Wings…a Possum Queen and more. It’s a hoot and a half and the best part is that you really don’t know what to expect.
Of course Santa will make his way to the parade…
Lisa Fox of Leiper’s Creek Gallery offers “Red Neck Bleachers” – pick up trucks with hay, but those seats go quickly.
Come early, grab your spot and bring your lawn chairs, pets and coolers. I highly recommend bundling up but especially wearing warm socks and boots because your feet just might get a little chilly.
Leiper’s Fork celebrates community…giving back…and honoring life’s simple blessings. See y’all there!
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